Deadlines get deals done. And with training camp opening for rookies today, it should not be surprising to see deals announced across the league.
Two Bears rookies — cornerback Jaylon Johnson and offensive lineman Lachavious Simmons — used social media to announce their signings earlier. Now, we can reportedly add a third member to the group of signings.
News from The Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain:
I’m told Bears TE Cole Kmet has signed his rookie contract.
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) July 21, 2020
Fishbain heads tight end Cole Kmet has signed his rookie deal. Once that becomes official, the Bears will have both of their second-round picks in the fold. More importantly, they will have three of their seven selections ready to roll for camp.
Chicago made Kmet its first player taken in its 2020 NFL Draft class. The Notre Dame product was the highest-ranked player at the position by many draft analysts and scouting sites. Hence, he was the first tight end off the board. Kmet caught 43 passes, gained 515 receiving yards, and scored six touchdowns for the Fighting Irish, and projects to be the starting “Y” tight end opposite of his “U” counterpart Jimmy Graham. If Kmet can channel his athleticism and grow into the type of two-way tight end who can hold his own as a blocker and make plays in the passing game, he will grow into a fan favorite (even more of one than he is now).
Above all, if Kmet plays to his potential, he could be an important piece of the Bears delivering on their team goal of winning a Super Bowl.